Future Hindsight

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Now more than ever, the need to be an engaged citizen is critical. Future Hindsight presents interviews that explore how each of us has the power to shape our society and fulfill our shared civic responsibility.

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The Blueprint for American Democracy: Ezra Levin

September 14th, 2019

Democracy Reform

When American democracy was conceived, the US was comprised of 13 states on the Eastern Seaboard, with a population of just over 2.5 …

The Ethics of Big Data: Matthew L. Jones

September 7th, 2019

Fourth Amendment

The Fourth amendment protects people from unlawful searches and seizures. For example, in the 1970s the Supreme Court ruled that a …

Achieving Tolerable Climate: Jonathan Lamontagne

August 31st, 2019



Tolerable climate and economic conditions

Lamontagne’s study defines tolerable economic conditions as follows: the present value of abatement costs …

The Crisis in Higher Education: Liz Willen

August 24th, 2019

Education Inequity

There is a college completion crisis and access crisis in America: black adults are only two thirds as likely to hold college …

The Economics of Health: James Knickman

August 17th, 2019

Social Determinants

Good health is the product of access to quality medical care and sound public health policy. Effective policies that improve …

Eradicating Cash Bail: Robin Steinberg

August 10th, 2019

The price of freedom

Cash bail was initially conceived as a way to incentivize the accused to come to court at their appointed court dates. As the criminal legal system expanded during the tough-on-crime years, cash …

The Human Rights of Women: Lynn Paltrow

August 3rd, 2019

The human rights of women

The health needs of half of our population – women – include maternal and reproductive health. Equal rights mean that women …

Gender Parity: Melissa Mark-Viverito

July 27th, 2019

Gender equity in government

It’s a disservice to our communities and our democracy when the voices of women are missing in government. Women have a right for government to reflect their needs. The actual, lived …

Census 2020: Ashley Allison (Rebroadcast)

July 13th, 2019

Census data supports communities

Government and businesses rely on census data to provide the necessary services that make healthy and vibrant communities possible. The data reveals how many grocery stores, pharmacies, …

Micah White

June 29th, 2019

The crisis of our time

People have very little political power beyond voting on election day. Current governing structures are incapable of changing …

Dave Archambault II

June 22nd, 2019

Financial risk and social cost

Engaging in early and constructive dialogue between indigenous communities and corporations is crucial for success. …

Jackie Zammuto

June 15th, 2019

See it, film it, change it

Video documentation of injustice and systemic abuse can be a powerful tool for holding offenders accountable. The key is …

Alan Yarborough and Bill Steverson

June 8th, 2019

Enhance understanding

The purpose of civil discourse is to enhance understanding, not to change minds. It’s always helpful to have a diversity of …

María Urbina

June 1st, 2019

Grassroots power

Grassroots movements believe that change starts on the local level. Indivisible started with sharing a Google doc guide to empower everyday people to now having over 4,000 groups throughout the country. …

Bradford Fitch

May 25th, 2019

Meet your Member of Congress

If a lawmaker has not yet made a firm decision on an issue, an in-person meeting has a ninety-four percent efficacy rate as an advocacy strategy. It’s important for constituents to connect a …

Julianne Hoffenberg

May 18th, 2019

Effective advocacy

The Gathering excels at bringing coalitions together with a common agenda; rapid and urgent response to crisis situations in communities; organizing, like marching in protest to Washington, D.C., from …

L.A. Kauffman

May 11th, 2019

1963 March on Washington

The 1963 March on Washington was the first mass protest in America. Due to the anxiety around such a massive group …

Trailer: The Power of Protest?

May 4th, 2019


Our new season examines the power of protest and other civic action. Guests include activists who protest and advocates who don’t, from Brad Fitch of the Congressional Management Foundation and Jackie Zammuto of WITNESS …

Democracy Works: David Frum

April 27th, 2019


This is a bonus episode from the Democracy Works podcast, which examines what it means to live in a democracy. Host Jenna Spinelle interviews David Frum, the author of Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic

Beto O'Rourke (Rebroadcast)

April 20th, 2019

Rebuilding democracy from the ground up

We need representatives who truly represent the people by directly engaging with and listening to their …

Season Round Up: Poverty

April 13th, 2019


Revisit some of the highlights of this season that gave us so much insight into poverty in America, added to our discourse, and helped us revise our thinking.

Kathryn Edin

April 6th, 2019

The end of welfare

Welfare ceased being guaranteed after reform in 1996. Although the safety net for the working class was strengthened through tax credits, the safety net for those who are jobless disappeared. In its …

Stephen Pimpare

March 30th, 2019

Poverty is widespread

Hardship in America is common. In all of rich democracies, we have the highest rates of poverty among the elderly and also among children. In fact, the majority of Americans will be poor for a …

Gail Joseph

March 23rd, 2019

Invest in early learning

Because the foundation for all of life’s successes -- whether academic, social, or emotional -- is laid in the first five years of life, it is critically important to invest in early learning. …

Dan Weissmann

March 16th, 2019

Picking an insurance plan is nearly impossible

Although it is no surprise that picking an insurance plan is complicated, it turns out it is nearly impossible. A study by George Loewenstein at Carnegie Mellon reveals …

Maria Foscarinis

March 9th, 2019

The housing crisis started with a policy decision

The leading cause was cutbacks to federal funding for housing for poor people starting with the …

Max Kenner

March 2nd, 2019


Max Kenner is the founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, a college that is spread across six interconnected prisons in New …

Stephen Bright

February 23rd, 2019


Stephen Bright served as the director of the Southern Center for Human Rights in Atlanta, and is currently a lecturer at Yale Law School, as well as …

Ross Morales Rocketto

February 16th, 2019


Ross Morales Rocketto is co-founder of Run For Something, an organization that supports diverse, young progressives running for state and local office. We discuss which candidates win, why building a bench of local and …

Season 5 Trailer: Ross Morales Rocketto

February 7th, 2019


"Telling these types of stories, showing people that it's not just white dudes who are lawyers, who have a lot of money, that can do this type of …

Ted Dintersmith

November 17th, 2018

Human Potential

Education should be a path for children to develop into self-directed, self-supporting, skill-equipped young adults. This may or may …

Ben Theodore

November 10th, 2018

Local Politics

The impact of individual and group efforts can be decisive in local political races, such as in the elections for a judge, a district …

Robert P. Jones, Ph.D.

November 3rd, 2018


People broadly agree that voter turnout should be higher and that voting should be easier, for example by making Election Day a holiday. …

Max Feldman

October 27th, 2018

The Powers of Voting

Voting is our civic duty and our opportunity to participate in our democracy. We can hold our leaders accountable and also …

Cristóbal Alex

October 20th, 2018


Political Power

The proactive strategy of Latino Victory to build power through elections is a recipe for success. They focus on grooming and …

Phil Polakoff

October 13th, 2018


Phil Polakoff is a physician with a distinguished career in public health and clinical medicine, the CEO of A Healthier We, and a consulting …

Ashley Allison

October 6th, 2018


Census data supports communities
Government and businesses rely on census data to provide the necessary services that make healthy and vibrant communities possible. The data reveals how many grocery stores, pharmacies, …

Esther de Rothschild and Aicha Cherif

September 29th, 2018


The power of love and relational organizing
When people realize that their vote matters personally to others, they are more likely to show up and exercise this right. Ineligible voters, such as teenagers or formerly …

Brian Miller

September 22nd, 2018


Brian Miller is the Executive Director of Nonprofit VOTE, an organization that partners with other nonprofits to integrate voter engagement into their ongoing activities. We discuss the importance of promoting voter …

Season 4 Trailer: Brian Miller

September 15th, 2018


A sneak peek of the first episode of Season 4: Brian Miller makes a
case for registering and voting. National Voter Registration Day is on
September 25, 2018.

Pam Elam and Namita Luthra

August 25th, 2018


Pam Elam and Namita Luthra serve on the Board of Directors of the Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony Fund. Their Monumental Women campaign will bring the first statue commemorating real women to New York City’s …

Michael Faye

August 18th, 2018


Michael Faye is the president and co-founder of GiveDirectly, an organization that sends cash directly to people living in extreme poverty. We …

Maria Yuan

August 11th, 2018


Maria Yuan is the founder of Issue Voter, an organization whose mission is to make civic engagement accessible, efficient, and impactful. We talk …

Rachel Leyland and Dr. Kendra Abel

August 4th, 2018


Rachel Leyland and Kendra Abel are public school teachers in Oklahoma City who participated in the walkout in April of 2018. We discuss how the …

Scott Warren

July 28th, 2018


Scott Warren is the CEO and co-founder of Generation Citizen, an organization that works to ensure students in the United States receive an effective …

Brent Wilkes

July 21st, 2018


Brent Wilkes is the former CEO of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and a lifelong advocate for Latino rights. We discuss what …

Mark Hetfield

July 14th, 2018


Mark Hetfield is the President and CEO of HIAS, the oldest refugee assistance organization in operation. We discuss our humanitarian obligations to …

Paul Lagunes

July 7th, 2018


Paul Lagunes is a Columbia University political scientist whose scholarship focuses on corruption in the Americas. His current book project is …

Ian Bremmer

May 26th, 2018


Raise consciousness:

Globalists have been willing to stand by while many people were left behind. Elites need to acknowledge their complicity in order to reverse the increasing division between us and them, as well as …

Shafi Goldwasser

May 19th, 2018


Shafi Goldwasser is an award-winning mathematician and computer scientist and the Director of the Simons Institute for the Theory of Computing at UC …

Jennifer March

May 12th, 2018


Jennifer March is the Executive Director of the Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York. This non-profit and nonpartisan child advocacy …

Beto O'Rourke

May 5th, 2018


Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke represents his hometown, El Paso, TX. Currently a Candidate for US Senate, he is running a people-powered campaign, visiting every single county in Texas and listening to the needs …

Ruth Milkman

April 28th, 2018


Ruth Milkman is a sociologist of labor and labor movements, and Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center and at the Joseph S. …

Robert Hammond

April 21st, 2018


Robert Hammond is the executive director and co-founder of Friends of the High Line, which was the driving force behind turning an abandoned elevated railroad in New York City into a public park. We discuss the …

Nick Ehrmann

April 14th, 2018


Nick Ehrmann is the founder and president of Blue Engine, which was borne from the discovery that the strongest predictor of college completion is …

Tyler Ruzich

April 7th, 2018


Tyler Ruzich is a 17-year old Republican candidate for governor of Kansas, one of eight teens in the race this year. We discuss what it means to be a …

Season 2 Trailer

March 31st, 2018


A sneak peek of our next episode: civic engagement requires no minimum age. Tyler Ruzich, 17-year old Kansan, shows us how.

Ai-Jen Poo

March 10th, 2018


In the 8th and last episode of Season 1, we discuss the elder boom, and the increasing importance of home care and domestic work in our society.

Award-winning activist Ai-Jen Poo, a leading advocate for domestic …

Andrea Miller (Part 2)

March 6th, 2018


Andrea Miller is the president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health. We talk about the broad support among men for Roe vs. Wade, the Hyde Amendment, and the two most damaging misconceptions about abortions.

Andrea Miller (Part 1)

March 3rd, 2018


Andrea Miller is the president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health. We talk about the impact that reproductive legislation has in society and how it’s historically been affected by safety and public health …

Joe Hartigan

February 24th, 2018


Joe Hartigan has cracked the code on how to effect change. He is a retired NYC Fire Department lieutenant and community activist since 1995. His passion, dedication, and consistency over many years brought about ferry …

Roland Augustine

February 17th, 2018


Roland Augustine is an art dealer, tireless activist, and active member at the Bard College Prison Initiative. We discuss the necessity of finding …

James Doty

February 10th, 2018


James R. Doty, MD, is a neurosurgeon and clinical professor at Stanford University. He shows us how to shape our own lives and of those around us by reframing, practicing compassion, and living with an open heart.

Richard Betts

February 3rd, 2018


Richard K. Betts, Ph.D, is the Director of the Saltzmann Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. We talk about how we can be …

Matt Kalmans

January 27th, 2018


Matt Kalmans is the CEO and co-founder of Applecart, a strategic political consultancy and lab. We discuss the power of voting, how social pressure …

Bernard Harcourt

January 20th, 2018


Bernard Harcourt is an author, lawyer, and critical theorist. In our conversation, we discover that civic engagement is a learned skill, the power of …

Premier Trailer

January 18th, 2018


A sneak peak of the first episode of Future Hindsight — Bernard Harcourt discusses why and how civic engagement matters.

Future Hindsight Trailer

January 8th, 2018


The Future Hindsight podcast launched on January 20, 2018. Join us for our premier episode where we interview Bernard Harcourt to speak about civic …

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